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As chief law officer of the state, the Ohio Attorney General provides written opinions on legal questions at the request of designated public officials on issues arising in the course of their duties.  The Attorney General’s Office does not prepare opinions for private citizens. The Opinions Section researches, writes, and prepares for issuance and publication all formal opinions of the Attorney General. For more details about the formal opinions process, please visit the Opinions FAQs.

The Opinions Section also maintains a listing of previous AG Opinions that have been subsequently overruled.

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2021-013

Requested by: Geauga County Prosecuting Attorney
If a township's town hall is located in the same building as office space, and if the township proposes to renovate both the office space and the town meeting hall, R.C. 505.26 prevails over R.C. 511.01 whenever the majority of the cost of the work will be allocated to renovating office space.

2021-012

Requested by: Allen County Prosecuting Attorney
When a county treasurer-elect resigns prior to the start of the elected term, the person appointed to fill the vacancy will hold office until a successor is elected at the next general election for state and county officers.

2021-011

Requested by: Ottawa County Prosecuting Attorney
A deputy sheriff may not simultaneously serve as a township trustee in a township that contracts with the county sheriff for law enforcement services.

2021-010

Requested by: Miami Township Law Director
Due to an impermissible conflict of interest, an appointed part-time city prosecutor may not simultaneously maintain a private practice in which he represents criminal defendants for violations of state law in the surrounding jurisdictions of the served municipal corporation.

2021-009

Requested by: Erie County Prosecuting Attorney
A board of county commissioners has the final-say authority over the recommended road repair/improvement projects prepared by a county engineer.